Jeni’s still loves Lucius!

We fell hard for Lucius a few years ago (and blogged all about). And our love has only grown for the Brooklyn-based band with an indie pop vibe and lauded reviews from the likes of Rolling Stone and The New York Times.

Whether you’re super fans like us, or simply want to check out the band NPR praised for its charisma and charm, now’s your chance: Lucius will be at our Short North scoop shop at 6 pm tonight, playing a pop-up show before their concert at The Newport in Columbus! This is the second time we’ve teamed up with the band for an intimate performance. Lucius surprised customers at our Southport Chicago scoop shop a few years ago.


Oh, and it gets better: In the spirit of love, community, and equal rights, we are teaming up to support Stonewall Columbus. For today only, we are donating 100% of the Jeni’s Short North shop sales to Stonewall. And Lucius will donate all of its profits from tonight’s merch sales to this worthy local nonprofit. So come on out for a scoop of ice cream paired with great tunes and a worthy cause!

Over the years, we’re proud to say we’ve become friends with Lucius, sharing the idea that our respective arts (ice cream and music) can be powerful vehicles for creating and influencing change, and bringing people together. We caught up with the band to nerd out over their music and find out why they’ve donated thousands of dollars in tour proceeds to local nonprofits.

For someone who has never heard of Lucius before, how would you describe your music?

I’d say it’s a good old roll and rock band. We try to tell it like it is with appropriate theatrical liberties.

The Lucius × Lagunitas tour took you through a five-show run of the Pacific Northwest last November. And you donated all profits from ticket sales to a local nonprofit in each city. Was that the first time the band had done something like that? Where did that idea come from?

That was the first run like that and it came from a need to get out of ourselves and do good for causes that are important to us. We had talked amongst ourselves throughout the Wildewoman tour, bringing up a few different ideas of things we wanted to be involved in; so when we finally had some time in the schedule we pooled those ideas. We ended up raising over $33,000.

What causes are important to the band?

Anything regarding human rights and allowing people to be who they are, love who they love, and do what they want to do (so long as it’s not harming anyone else), we feel is an extremely necessary cause to support and spread awareness for; educating ourselves and others. Supporting the LGBT community is very important to us for that reason. On the Lagunitas tour you mentioned, we supported causes that we felt strongly about perhaps from personal experience—the importance of mental health and support, animal rights, and support of arts education and community arts centers.

Your second album, Good Grief, came out in March of this year. How did that one come together?

The songs that needed to come out from the get go kind of rose to the top, and the rest came as a response, a call for balance.

The deluxe version of Good Grief includes a cover of “Strangers” by The Kinks. We were so excited when we saw that. What is it about that song that gives you all the feels?

It makes you feel unified, it makes you feel good… but to try and explain why music makes you feel [a certain way] would defy the reason for music at all.

We were excited to see you were on Shovels & Rope’s albums of covers, Busted Jukebox Vol. 1. You’re on backing vocals for Nick Lowe’s “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding,” right?  How did that come about?

We sang it with them at Newport Folk Festival a couple years ago and it just clicked. We actually were just there again this year and sang it. It seems especially appropriate at this time.

You sing backing vocals on a couple tracks from Tweedy’s last album. What’s it like working with Jeff? You’re all at TMM, so we’re imagining family vibes.

It was great. He let us run wild and try a million different things. It was a safe and exploratory experience, and yes, definite family vibes.